In 1911, the Roberts, Johnson & Rand Shoe Company merged with the Peters Shoe Company to form the International Shoe Company in St. Louis. Red Goose was swallowed up by the International Shoe in the first half of the 20th Century. International Shoe dropped Red Goose. And, by 1953, International Shoe Company changed its name to Interco and bought Florsheim Shoes.
In 1980, Interco diversified into home furnishings by the purchase of Ethan Allen.
In 1984, Interco began a rationalization of its portfolio, shedding most retail and footwear businesses. And a decade later, Interco sold off the remaining footware businesses.
Then in 1996, Interco changed its name to Furniture Brands International to reflect its new focus on furniture.